Arts, events and entertainment

The Fylde area has a very vibrant arts and cultural scene with plenty going on throughout the year, with a good range of performance venues, heritage and arts galleries, theatres and a good events programme throughout the year.

Milton Jones

Live entertainment

The 450 seat capacity Lowther Pavilion (800 standing capacity) in Lytham is a cultural hub of community entertainment and regularly welcomes top names in entertainment from stand up comedy, to musicals and there’s a fantastic cinema too. The venue is also an ideal exhibition or wedding venue and holds community events. Recently, the likes of John Bishop, Jason Manford, Milton Jones (pictured) and more have trod the boards and there’s the annual pantomime too (oh yes there is!). The venue is set in the beautiful Lowther Gardens and has adjacent parking.

For information on upcoming shows at the Lowther Pavilion, click here

Other venues such as the historic Lytham Hall regularly stage live entertainment too.

Events, events, events…

There is a wealth of events throughout the year right on our doorstep. The Lytham Festival attracts over 50,000 music fans to Lytham Green and in recent years has seen Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, Bryan Adams, Olly Murs and Tom Jones to name but a few. In 2018 the Festival welcomed George Ezra, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Steps, Il Divo and Pete Tong to name but a few. The Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend, the St Anne’s International Kite Festival, the St Anne’s Music and Arts Festival for starters gives visitors to the area something to choose from. Then there’s a wealth of village and town Club Days, carnivals, triathlons, cycle races, charity events and so much more which take place across the area.

Just up the road there’s Blackpool too with its world famous illuminations, air show and music events (Will Smith appeared in Blackpool in summer 2017) and there’s theatres in Fleetwood and Preston too bring live entertainment and a wide range of events.

Pictured – Rae Morris at the 2018 Lytham Festival – image courtesy of Cuffe and Taylor

Fylde Gallery, Booths

The Arts

You’ll find a vibrant arts scene here. There’s galleries such as the Fylde Gallery at Booth’s in Lytham and the Lytham Heritage Centre, both of which have a year round programme of exhibitions. If you want to purchase some fabulous artworks, head to the Ashton Pavilion in St Annes or Inspirations Gallery in the centre of Lytham. There’s a creative community in St Annes and do pop along to St Annes Back Road West to see some of the reprints of the famous Lytham St Annes Art Collection or more recently, some pieces of urban art.

Look out for the Heritage Open Days programme, usually taking place in September when you get the chance to go behind the scenes at various buildings in the area, one of which is the Lytham St Annes Art Collection which is on display at the Town Hall in St Annes (pre booked tours can be pre booked throughout the year for a charge).

Heather Little

Calling all event organisers!

Are you an event organiser looking to hold an event in Fylde? Please note there will be various requirements such as event plans, traffic plans, health and safety aspects to name but a few. In order to notify us about a proposed event and use of any land under the ownership of Fylde Council, please use the link below. We will then receive your event form and get in touch to find out more and help to ensure your event complies with necessary regulations.

Fylde Council have a small amount of grant funding to help support innovative events in their early stages. If you would like to know more and be able to potentially access this funding, then please use the link below.

To notify Fylde Council about your event or apply for event funding, please click here

(Image – Heather Marie at the Lytham 1940s Wartime Weekend)